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Euthanasia continued....

ALTERNATIVES

From reports, requests for euthanasia come from patients whose symptom-control has been less than adequate. Where control is established the fear of unbearable pain is diminished, and it is significant that in the Netherlands, where euthanasia is practised, here were no Hospices up to 1992.

A report of the Health Council on Palliative Care stated that 54% of cancer patients suffered unnecessary pain because of the inadequate skills in that area. In 1992 there were already 183 Hospices established in the U.K. Palliative (pain control) care is a part of the programme and courses are available. Funds also are necessary and should be forthcoming to enable more research in this area.

Index to the Topic
A Definition
A Biblical Perspective
The Big Debate
The Dangers
Alternatives
Christian Responsibility 

Other Material
1. Ethics Essay: Euthanasia; Should we/Shouldn't we?


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